USA Film Festival Announces 38th Annual KidFilm® Family Festival (FREE) | See Schedule Jan. 22-23
The USA Film Festival announces the schedule of events for the (in-theater) 38th Annual KidFilm® Family Festival taking place on Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23, 2022 at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. All programs will be presented FREE to the community.
KidFilm is the oldest and largest-attended children’s film festival in the United States, featuring an entertaining, educational, and diverse line-up of new and classic films for both children and adults. KidFilm is an annual outreach program of the USA Film Festival/Dallas, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts.
This year, KidFilm celebrates diversity, equality, empowerment, family, friendship and community, and includes films that feature historical figures and events, different cultures, and environmental themes. The schedule of films includes magical journeys celebrating courage, perseverance and self-reliance, along with other important educational lessons in a program featuring live-action and animated films for audiences of any age.
Honorary Co-Chairs for KidFilm are USA Film Festival Board of Directors members Yvette Ostolaza, Laura Fox, David Dummer, Gail Terrell, and Megan Mitchell. “We are so pleased to be able to offer this year’s program as an all-free-admission event thanks to support from the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and from the Festival’s Sponsors,” said Fox who continued “We are honored to be able to offer this timely line-up of entertaining, educational and inspiring films.”
Highlights of this year’s program include:
NEW ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Maya the Bee 3: The Golden Orb (Australia/Germany) by Noel Cleary, based on the international children’s book beloved by generations.
NEW LIVE-ACTION FEATURE FILMS to be presented include Gilles de Maistre’s enchanting The Wolf and the Lion (Canada/France) starring Graham Greene, Molly Kunz, and Charlie Carrick; Alexey Telnov’s fantastical The Time Guardians (Russia); Kenny Gage’s & Devon Downs’ action-packed Kung Fu Girl (China); Ngo The Chau’s adventurous Dwarf Long Nose (Germany); DennisGansel’s epic JimButton and the Wild 13 (Germany), based on the bestselling book by Michael Ende (“The Neverending Story”); and Bragi Thor Hinriksson’s heartwarming Birta (Iceland).
EDUCATIONAL & FUN SHORT FILMS
Celebrate learning remotely in a theater setting! TEKS-based, character building, and environmentally informative short films to be presented include: four book-based films adapted for the screen by Weston Woods Studios — The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk, Let Liberty Rise!: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty by Chana Stiefel, Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, and We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom. Additional independently-made, educational short films include Joseph Silva’s Earth’s Ekko and Sofia Bobriseva’s Mama Canada: Outer Space.
TWENTY-FIVE NEW SHORT FILM PRESENTATIONS featuring live-action and animated short films from around the world including works from Australia, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and United States (including two Texan filmmakers).
Schedule, Ticket & Location Information:
A full schedule of KidFilm programs may be viewed online via the USA Film Festival’s website at www.usafilmfestival.com. Printed KidFilm flyers may also be picked up at the Angelika Film Center Dallas beginning January 8th.
Tickets for all shows are FREE for children & adults!
Programs are free but you must have a ticket for admission; Tickets and seating are limited. Free books are for kids only.
Tickets for all shows are available day of show only, beginning one hour before each show time. (Note: Lines can form earlier.)
Safety Protocols — We will not fill theaters to full capacity; we will only seat to 50% capacity. Current mask guidelines will be posted on the Angelika Film Center’s doors day of show.
For additional information, please call the USA Film Festival at 214-821-FILM (3456) or visit www.usafilmfestival.com. During KidFilm, please inquire in person at the KidFilm Information Desk at the theater.
All programs will take place at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. KidFilm is a program of the USA Film Festival/Dallas.
KidFilm programs for both the public and Dallas Independent School District students are made possible thanks to support from Sponsors — Carol and Alan J. Bernon Family Charitable Foundation, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Sidley Austin LLP, Headington Companies, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Gaedeke Group, Mary Fox & Laura Fox, Moody Fund for the Arts, MPS Studios, DFW Child magazine, and the Angelika Film Center.
The USA Film Festival is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
About KidFilm® DISD Outreach Programs
In addition to the KidFilm public weekend, special outreach programs are presented for thousands of Dallas Independent School District students (grades K–6) and educators throughout February. Students will view programs selected especially for them. This year, films will be presented virtually on DISD campuses. Many of the films presented are book-based and designed to be TEKS-compliant and curriculum-interactive including relevant topics and issues (cultural awareness and diversity, compassion and tolerance, history, math, social studies, the importance of education and reading, etc.).
About the USA Film Festival
Now celebrating its 52nd year, the USA Film Festival is a Dallas-based, 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in the film and video arts. The Festival’s year-round programs and events include KidFilm, special monthly programs and premieres, TexFest, and the USA Film Festival held each spring. The USA Film Festival is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. More information about the Festival is available online at www.usafilmfestival.com